About Transverse Myelitis
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a condition in which a section of the spinal cord becomes inflamed, causing damage to the myelin sheath and interrupting communication between nerve cells in the spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Transverse Myelitis:Transverse myelitis means both sides of a cross-section of the spinal cord are inflamed causing the axons to lose their myelin sheaths (demyelination).
Signs and Symptoms
May develop over a few hours to 21 days after onset.
- Back Pain
- Nerve Pain
- Sensory Loss
- Blurred Vision
- Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction
The causes of transverse myelitis aren’t completely understood but can be associated with:
Immune system disorders that attack the body's tissues
Who Is At Risk?
Transverse myelitis can occur in men and women of all ages and races.
Transverse myelitis can appear at any age
But particularly between the ages of 10 & 19 and between 30 & 39
% Of patients diagnosed with TM have:
The sooner treatment begins after symptoms appear, the better the chance of recovery. Current treatment includes:
Drugs to decrease inflammation
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A new drug with the potential to induce remyelination in demyelinating diseases including
ODS / CPM / EPM and Multiple Sclerosis